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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-96-0012-2652, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
Kawamoto-MM; Esswein-EJ; Wallingford-KM; Worthington-KA
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 96-0012-2652, 1997 Sep; :1-126
In 1995, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) asked the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct a health hazard evaluation at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), a large teaching hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, MNA, which represents BWH staff nurses, reported that many BWH nurses had developed health problems such as skin and respiratory irritation, asthma, latex allergy, and sensitivity to chemicals. the nurses were concerned that these health problems were related to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in the Patient Tower and in the Center for Women and Newborns (CWN, a new BWH building adjacent and connected to the Patient Tower). Some of the nurses hypothesized that, around March 1993, an event (e.g., a chemical spill or leak) happended within the Patient Tower, contaminating the indoor environment.
Health-hazard-evaluation; Hazards-confirmed; Hospitals; Occupational-safety-and-health; Skin-irritations; Indoor-air-pollution; Interviews; Health-records; Chemical-sensitivity; Ventilation; Workers-compensation; Latex; Region-1; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: General Medical and Surgical Hospitals; hospital; latex; building; ventilation; construction; renovation; indoor environmental quality; indoor air quality; chemical sensitivity; organization; communication; return to work
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